Orange UK launches free prepay music service
Orange UK is launching a new mobile music service aimed at the youth market. It will give prepay customers unlimited access to tracks from Universal Music’s extensive catalogue and let them play them on any mobile phone.
France Telecom H1 net profit falls 4.3%
France Telecom – Europe’s third-largest telecoms group (after Vodafone and Telefonica) and owner of the Orange mobile brand – today reported a 0.5 percent fall in revenue for the first half of 2009 and also saw its core operating profit margin and net profit slip.
France launches bid process for new 3G license
The bidding process for France’s long-awaited fourth 3G license was launched by the country’s government on Saturday, with an asking price of EUR240 million.
PaysafeCard, BT launch mobile money service
Telecompaper notes that international payment provider PaysafeCard has signed a contract with BT to launch a mobile money service.
Orange takes ECMS case to Egypt’s Supreme Court
Orange-owner France Telecom is to take its battle for ownership of ECMS (Mobinil), Egypt’s largest mobile operator, to the country’s supreme court after having its appeal rejected by the local regulator, reports the Financial Times.
Orange to sell 3G wrist watch phone
Orange France has announced that it will start selling a 3G phone in the shape of a conventional wrist watch, reports Cellular News
Scailex bids for Hutchison’s Partner stake
Israeli handset distributor Scailex has made an undisclosed binding offer for Hutchison Telecommunications International’s majority stake (51 percent) in Partner, Israel’s second-largest mobile phone operator.
Zain talking to three firms on Africa sale
The CEO of Kuwait’s Zain has confimed to local media that the operator is in talks with three firms regarding the planned sale of its African mobile operations, reports Reuters.
Orange Jordan awarded 3G mobile licence
Telecompaper notes that France Telecom’s Orange Jordan has been awarded a 3G mobile licence.
Europe preps 18M LTE Advanced research project
The European Commission said today it plans to fund research into LTE Advanced technology, a future enhancement of the forthcoming LTE network standard.